Derbyshire County Council is offering a year’s free membership of its Trusted Trader scheme.
Usually there’s a fee of up to £54 for joining, but from now till the end of December it will be free as part of a commitment to helping honest and reputable local businesses.
Those already signed-up to Trusted Trader will get an extra six months added to their membership for free.
They don’t need to do anything, the six months will simply be added on.
With more than 1,000 businesses on the list, Trusted Trader is now the biggest scheme of its kind in the country run by a council.
There is everyone from builders, plumbers, roofers and glazers, to electricians, decorators, joiners and gardeners.
It helps boost local businesses by promoting them to potential customers.
Trusted Trader was set up to give peace of mind to customers because every business is checked out by the county council’s trading standards team.
Councillor Kevin Parkinson, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “We’re offering free membership of Trusted Trader to help boost our local businesses.
“Many members report extra work coming their way thanks to being part of the scheme.”
Karen Riggs says her Derbyshire business has benefited from being signed up and would recommend others take advantage of the free offer.
Karen said: “I can’t understand why a business wouldn’t want to sign up. We’ve had lots of customers through Trusted Trader.
“It’s a good scheme because businesses are checked out.”
Businesses who apply to become members with the special offer still have to go through the same rigorous checks.
Records of county court judgements or any previous complaints against a company are among the checks carried out before a business can join.
Traders have to be based in Derbyshire, or do half their work in the county, to make the list.
For further information call 01629 536148 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/trustedtrader